One of my most memorable moments in wildlife photography was seeing this great egret (Ardea alba) bathed in the sun's afternoon glow while it flew majestically over the calm waters of a nature preserve near San Francisco Bay.
Egrets were hunted almost to extinction for their feathers in the 19th century. Thanks to conservation efforts, these magnificent birds are plentiful once again, and can be seen in wetlands throughout North America and southern Europe.
The more I study nature, the more I realize how it truly is a reflection of a loving Creator demonstrated through the unparalleled beauty of intelligent design.
"Adonai, how countless are Your works! In wisdom You made them all -- the earth is full of Your creatures." (Psalm 104:24, Tree of Life Version -TLV)
This same great egret is also featured in my other photos, "The Chase", "Simple Elegance", "Great Egret Taking Flight" and the 13-image flight sequence panorama. These and additional photos are in my egret album. Please check back periodically as additional images are added from time to time.
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Giving glory to God this image won the following contest awards on Fine Art America::
1st Place in the “Sea Birds In The Sky Photography” contest, sponsored by the “Pelicans Sea Birds By the Sea Shore” group on Fine Art America. Thank-you to group administrator Julie Vrakas for hosting the contest and to all who voted. God bless you!
2nd Place in the "Shoot the Light" contest. Thank-you to Gloria Hopkins for hosting the contest and to all who voted. God bless you! Congratulations to the other winners, too!
2nd Place in the "Your Own Gallery Show" contest. Thank-you to Brooks Garten Hauschild for hosting the contest and to those who voted. God's blessings, and congratulations to the other winners, too!
3rd Place (tie) in the Wonder of Wings "One Adult Bird Flying Contest". Thank you to Siene Browne for hosting the contest and to all who voted. God bless you! And Congratulations to the other winners!
Grateful to God and thankful to the group hosts for graciously featuring this image on the home page of the Fine Art America groups::
* ARTISTS CARDS FINE ART GREETING CARDS, 06.20.16 * A BIRDING GROUP - WINGS, 07.06.16 * 1,000 VIEWS ON 1 IMAGE, 02.06.19 * USA PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY, 02.25.22
Special Features: * Peer-Nomination by fellow artists for a Special Feature, 1,000 Views on 1 Image group, 02.08.19 * Birds in Flight "Photo of the Day" on the USA Photographers group home page, 09.25.22
Embedded in the top right-hand corner is the Hebrew acronym for "B'ezras Hashem" [ד " ס ב] meaning "with God's help". It is a reminder to me as an artist and photographer of my dependence on the Almighty, the Originator of all creativity. This is a similar acknowledgement used by great artists like Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel who signed their work with the Latin phrase, "Soli Deo gloria" which means, "Glory to God alone".